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Nelson signs with Seattle

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Ty Nelson has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Seattle Kraken, the National Hockey League club announced Thursday.

Seattle selected defenceman Nelson of the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion in the third round, 68th overall, of the NHL Draft last July. The average annual value of the contract is $925,000.

Nelson, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens minor midgets, has played two full seasons with North Bay, scoring 33 goals and earning 94 assists for 127 points in 133 games. In 33 playoff games, he has six goals and 29 assists for 35 points, tied with Barclay Goodrow for fifth place in franchise history.

Through three rounds of the OHL playoffs, Nelson led all scorers with 25 points on six goals and 19 assists in 20 games. The Peterborough Petes eliminated the Battalion in seven games in the Eastern Conference Championship Series, culminating in a 3-2 decision Monday night at Memorial Gardens.

“Ty has had a season to be remembered, and it’s nice he can cap it off with this well earned contract,” said Battalion general manager Adam Dennis.

“Knowing Ty, the work has already started for his next contract. Congratulations to the entire Nelson family on what is no doubt an exciting day.”

In 67 games in 2022-23, Nelson, a Toronto native who turned 19 on March 30, scored 24 goals and added 52 assists for 76 points, a single-season franchise record for a defenceman.

After attending Hockey Canada’s U20 summer development camp last year, he skated at Seattle’s main camp in September.

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